By: Benji Aird

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/UTC/TheLoop) — A police officer has testified that a man and a teenager charged in the slaying of a Chattanooga pastor confessed to the killing.

The testimony came Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for 25-year-old Antonio Henry, who is charged with murder in the death of the Rev. David Strong. Judge Bob Moon sent the case to a grand jury and ordered Henry held without bond.

Police found the St. Paul AME Church pastor’s battered and slashed body at his home Oct. 10.

Detective Michael Wenger said the teenager told police they intended to rob and kill Strong.

Wenger also said Henry told investigators that Strong had paid in the past to watch him perform a sex act.

Defense attorney Cris Helton did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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